Frequently Asked Questions - Prospective Students

How long will it take to complete the program?
The graduate psychology program is a full-time course of study. The program is designed for successful completion over two academic years. Classes are primarily scheduled on weekday afternoons. Students are expected to attend these classes regularly. Attendance is also required at colloquia, lab meetings, and other functions of the Department of Psychology. In addition, students are expected to have time available during weekdays to conduct scientific research.

Is financial assistance available?
Students applying for financial aid administered by Saint Joseph’s University must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). In order to be eligible for federal financial assistance, the applicant must be enrolled on a half-time basis (at least 6 credits per semester) and be a citizen of the United States or have permanent resident status. Stafford Loans are available through the University's Financial Assistance Office. Students are encouraged to visit the Office of Financial Assistance Web site at for current information pertaining to applying for aid.

Are graduate assistantships available?
Competitively-based graduate assistantships, which include tuition benefits and stipends, are awarded to second year students on the basis of merit, with support available for first-year students given funding opportunities. Students who are awarded assistantships are required to work 20 hours per week. Additional employment outside the university is not permitted while the student holds an assistantship.